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Tributes paid to Geoffrey Marks

Tributes have been paid to the former Walker Cup captain Geoffrey Marks OBE who passed away at the age of 78.  

Marks was a distinguished amateur golfer and enjoyed a successful playing career. As a Great Britain and Ireland international, he was selected for the Walker Cup matches against the United States in 1969 and 1971, and the St Andrews Trophy international match against the Continent of Europe in 1968 and 1970. He was an England international from 1963-1975, making 65 appearances and being on the winning side on 45 occasions.

He was Walker Cup captain in 1987 at Sunningdale and in 1989 at Peachtree when he became the first Great Britain and Ireland captain to win the Walker Cup in the United States with a 12 ½ to 11 ½ victory.

Marks also captained Great Britain and Ireland in the St Andrews Trophy in 1988 and 1990 and was England captain from 1980-1983, leading the team in two European Amateur Team Championships, winning in 1981 at St Andrews.

In 1995, he was appointed President of The English Golf Union. As a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews he served on the Championship, Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and Golf Development Committees.

In 2008, Marks was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list for his services to golf.

Martin Slumbers, Secretary of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said, “We are saddened to learn of Geoff’s passing and extend our condolences to his family.

“He was a talented golfer and one of only two GB&I Walker Cup captains to experience victory in the United States. For many years, he played a key role in setting the hole locations for The Open Championship and served on several of our committees. He made a substantial contribution to golf and he will be missed by many in the game.”